Our bodies can be pretty complicated things sometimes. Knowing how to combat stress and help ourselves to feel better can be a very tricky business!
But just a little knowledge of how your body works could enable you to unlock your happiness potential. We’re going to go through some of the essential feel-good hormones and recommend tips to boost them in a natural way.
Serotonin - The One That Makes You Smile
Serotonin is a hormone that regulates anxiety, happiness and mood. It’s our body’s ‘happy neurotransmitter.’ So how can you boost it? One good tip is to start with your gut.
90-95% of serotonin production happens in our guts, not in our brains. So having a diet that helps to create a balanced and healthy environment in your tummy can work wonders. Try adding fibre into your diet by eating more vegetables, fruit and seeds. And fermented foods such as cheese and yoghurts are not just delicious; they can also help to look after healthy microbes in your stomach.
If you’re still feeling down, it could be a sign that your serotonin levels are off. When you start your day, use some as part of your morning routine, as the bright and citrusy aroma of orange and bergamot is known to encourage the brain to release serotonin. Also place a orange-fragranced Happy Reed Diffuser near your workspace to keep the happy vibes coming!
Dopamine - The One That Gets Stuff Done!
Dopamine is a hormone that is all about REWARDS. When you achieve a goal, you get a little boost of this stuff. It can be a great motivator and can help you to work that little bit harder to get things done. The tricky thing about dopamine is that, sometimes, you need to work hard to get it.
So, to make things a little bit easier, try adding a few drops of the Detox essential oil blend in a steam diffuser for a revitalising experience. The fresh fragrance of mint, rosemary and lemongrass essential oils will help provide a clear head to clear the day’s task list and get you in flow.
Alternatively, setting out and achieving small but satisfying goals can also help to boost your dopamine levels. For example, instead of trying to finish a marathon, why not go for a short run instead? Celebrating little victories can become a rewarding habit.
Oxytocin - the love hormone
Oxytocin is the hormone that’s most associated with the feeling of love. But it’s not just related to romantic love; it can also be produced through bonding with your family, friends or pets. Getting plenty of this stuff is really important. It promotes intimacy, empathy and trust, which are some of the key ingredients for a happy life!
A great way to do this is to treat the people that you care about. A candle making workshop could be the perfect way to brighten up someone’s day.